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See Our 2016 Emmy Awards Predictions

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It’s hard to believe another year has gone by and that the Emmy Awards are here once more. This year is looking a lot like last year’s awards, in that the top nominated shows are once again Game of Thrones for drama with 23 and Veep for Comedy with 17. When the smoke clears and the dust settles, will the outcome be the same? We’ll find out come Sunday. For now, here’s our predictions for the top awards.

Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones shocked everyone by winning this award last year. Mad Men was expected to win, after all it was its final season, but GOT took it anyway. This year the competition isn’t quite as strong, with The Americans, Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mr. Robot competing against it. Better Call Saul, House of Cards and Homeland are good, but not good enough to dethrone GOT. Downtown Abbey was stronger in earlier seasons, and even though it is now finished, it won’t win. Mr. Robot is almost there, but won’t win the award just yet. Give it a couple more years. Really The Americans should win as it is the best drama on TV, but Game of Thrones will take it once more.

Outstanding Comedy Series: Last year Veep finally got the recognition it deserves when it broke Modern Family’s five year hold on the award. The competition this year are Black-ish, Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Transparent, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Modern Family isn’t as good as it once was, and it is doubtful to break the tie it currently has with Fraiser for most wins in this category. Transparent wasn’t as strong comedy wise this season, and Silicon Valley really doesn’t seem to have a big push behind it. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on the other hand as the push, but it’s most of a cult favourite than award winner in our books. Black-ish and Master of None could be a surprise winner this year, but we doubt it. We’re picking Veep to repeat.

Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series: Last year Jon Hamm finally took home his acting Emmy, and since Mad Men is finally over, there will be a new winner this year as well. It’s a tight race between Kyle Chandler, Rami Malek, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber, and Kevin Spacey. We figure it’s about time Kevin Spacey got his due recognition for his amazing work on House of Cards. We wouldn’t be shocked though if Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek or Matthew Rhys of The Americans took it. On the actress side of things, Viola Davis is looking to repeat for her role in How To Get Away With Murder, but with the series having lost 30% of it’s audience in season 2 we doubt it. It’s looking more like Robin Wright will take it for House of Cards after having lost 4 previous times. Of course we’re not counting out Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black either, who finally got a much deserved Emmy nomination for her role.

Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series: The comedy actor race is a little easier to predict that the drama acting races. Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent continues to do great stuff on screen, and will take it once again hands down. Although we do have to admit that we enjoyed Thomas Middleditch in Silicon Valley almost as much. As for the actress who will take home the award, look no further than Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep who has claimed the award four years in a row and doesn’t look to give it up any time soon. She’s won every year the show has been on the air, with good reason. There really isn’t anyone even close to dethroning her.

The 2016 Emmy Awards air tonight on ABC with host Jimmy Kimmel.